Do digital Police scanners actually pick up encrypted Police radio channels? ?

I don’t know much about Police scanners but I thought when Police Departments across North America switched from analogue radios to digital radios, Police scanners became a thing of the past since you needed the digital pass codes to pick up on encrypted digital channels. So how do these digital Police scanners work that anyone can buy online?  

2 Answers

  • 4 weeks ago

    ANY radio will pick up any broadcast on the frequency it uses.

    Unless you have the proper encryption key, which IS NOT available to the public, the scanner won't decrypt the transmission.

    Note: A digital signal doesn't mean an encrypted signal, and an encrypted signal doesn't necessarily mean a digital signal.

  • Neil
    Lv 4
    4 weeks ago

    "Pick up," yes. Decrypt, no


    Not all digital law enforcement communications are encrypted, by a long shot.

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